Monday 5 December 2016

This is the longest that Shane has been sober since we met - and he is happy

Victoria Mary Clarke on life with the newly sober Pogues singer Shane MacGowan

Victoria Mary Clarke

Published 30/10/2016 | 02:30

Detox: Shane MacGowan stopped drinking during a lengthy hospital stay, according to partner Victoria Mary Clarke Photo: Steve Humphreys
Detox: Shane MacGowan stopped drinking during a lengthy hospital stay, according to partner Victoria Mary Clarke Photo: Steve Humphreys

I almost burned the house down just now. The whole place was full of smoke and I couldn't figure out how to get the fire alarm to stop. I need a drink. But I can't have one.

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Or, at least, I shouldn't have one. My partner Shane is off the drink and I don't want to jeopardise it. So I sneak some red wine in a teacup.

They say that when people win the lottery, they suddenly have new problems that they hadn't thought of. Shane not drinking has always seemed a lot less likely than the prospect of winning the lottery. Drinking has been as much a part of who he is to me as his laugh.

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